Selman’s double guides ULM to Friday night win

Jonah Bostick, Sports Editor

The state of Georgia has been kind to the ULM softball team. The Warhawks won a series against Georgia Southern earlier this season and took game one over Georgia State this past weekend. 

The Warhawks (22-28; 5-14) hosted the Panthers (17-31; 6-13) in a weekend conference series in Monroe. Georgia State came into the weekend after a series loss that included a doubleheader. ULM went in losing seven straight with two straight sweeps in conference series matchups. 

In the first inning of Friday night’s game, both teams went three-up, three-down. The Panthers and Warhawks both put runners on base in the second, but they left them stranded with a foul-out for Georgia State and a double play for ULM. 

The shutout was erased in the bottom of the third inning. The Warhawks started the inning with two singles before Ashlan Ard reached on a fielder’s choice, which scored Lourdes Bacon, and the scoreboard read 1-0.

The Panthers didn’t take long to respond. With one out in the top of the fourth, Chloe Nadler hit a bomb to center field to tie the game. ULM responded in the same inning with an RBI single hit by Kennedy Johnson, which scored Taylor Broddick. 

In the top of the fifth, an RBI double down the right-field line tied the game back up for Georgia State. One sacrifice fly and a stolen home base later, and the Panthers held a 4-2 lead. ULM threatened with the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the same inning, but a groundball to third base ended any hopes of an answer. 

In the bottom of the sixth, the Warhawks quickly were down to two outs. Three straight base hits scored Kennedy Page to make it a 4-3 game. With the bases loaded, Campbell Selman drove the ball to left field for a two-run double to give the Warhawks the lead at 5-4. 

After a base hit to start the seventh, three straight outs gave the Warhawks their first conference win since April 8. 

Saturday’s game lasted until the bottom of the fourth before a weather delay was implemented. The game was eventually postponed to a later date. ULM possessed a 1-0 lead before the delay.